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Talking a walk down memory lane, Ramos, who claimed the UEFA's prize for the best defender in the 2017/18 Champions League campaign, on Thursday, recalled how Ronaldo informed his Los Blancos teammates that he was leaving the Santiago Bernabeu dwellers.

Ronaldo scored Madrid's victor as United were dumped out of Europe back in 2013 and Mourinho is wary of history repeating itself this season.

"Football is played across four lines of the pitch and that's where Cristiano won".

Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta backed up Mendes' criticism, expressing the Italian side's disappointment.

Fonseca's side did actually beat Manchester City in last year's group stage, but Pep Guardiola's men had already won the group and didn't take the game too seriously, giving Shakhtar an opening which they took to win and qualify for the Round of 16.

Barcelona heads a tough-looking Group B with Tottenham, plus former champions PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athen.

At first glance a nightmare for Spurs - but this is their third Champions League season under Mauricio Pochettino and they have grown in confidence.

Luka Modric UEFA Awards
Luka Modric dominated the night at the UEFA awards. Image Courtesy Twitter

Premier League champions Manchester City were drawn in Group F alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim.

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray.

"The plan for now is to use it from next season. with the first match of next season which is the Super Cup", he told reporters.

Due to the seeding system and UEFA's policy of keeping teams from the same countries apart in the group stage, there was a shortage of big heavyweight clashes but lots of intriguing ties.

The awards were only a sideshow at the event compared to the Champions League draw, as Juventus were drawn against Ronaldo's former club Manchester United as well as Valencia and Swiss champions Young Boys. They have done a very good job over the past few years, so it won't be easy.

Teams from the same country could not be drawn together Thursday, and teams from Ukraine and Russian Federation were also kept apart due to ongoing political tensions.

"I always try to improve on what I did the previous season, because matching what Messi and Cristiano do by scoring 50 to 60 goals a year is very hard. They're on a different level". All 32 teams get a basic $17.8 million participation fee. UEFA will also allocate 30 percent of the total to reward teams for their storied history in European competitions and results over the past 10 years.

One of the key rivals for Real Madrid in their group will be Roma.





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